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Even though Harveyville is considered a “Lost Town,” the community keeps the town going. Without the citizens taking pride and trying to promote the town, Harveyville would probably be a ghost town after the schools were consolidated. Harveyville…

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Navarre was organized around the school, the church, and starting in 1887, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. Fire destroyed much of the town in 1939, and it never recovered.

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This study discusses the relationship of early communities of Clark County, Kansas. The author uses various sources to weave together a narrative of communal interconnections and relationships in reference to the overarching landscape of the region.…

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Playing a major role in the railroad industry throughout the middle portion of the country, Sherman was a community inhabited by a wide range of ethnic groups. It saw a boom in economic activity but unfortunately, fell victim to a common die out of a…

Anness, Sedgwick County
W.H. Wilson founded Anness in the 1880s, in what is now southwestern Sedgwick County. Named after his wife Ann and born out of the overstepping railroad into his farmland. The farm community of Anness never flourished to more than 100 residents and…

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Calling New Chillicothe a “Lost Town” may be stretching the imagination a little bit. New Chillicothe was a postal station located in Sherman Township in northern Dickinson County. This station moved a total of four times in a matter of 28…

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Against all hopes, Bellegard, the Swedish farming oasis, never truly became a town. But in symbiosis with Mariadahl, both “towns” persisted for approximately 30 years before Bellegard dissolved. Their union was the only thing that kept…

 Bethany Church
Mabel Dunham did much to preserve the history of Bethany Church while an active member. Her personal memoirs and weekly column in the Clay Center Times newspaper bring to life the love and devotion the community felt for their small rural Kansas…

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Allana Saenger finds connections between the modern day Paxico Blues Festival and the African American population of early Wabaunsee County. She describes the tradition of church singing in black congregations with vivid a capella hymns and homemade…

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Today, the town of Winchester in Jefferson County, Kansas is small and quiet. But beneath this exterior lies a history rooted deeply in family stories, connections with the railroad and a famous native son.
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